OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

 

 

Our major doctrinal beliefs are founded on the Bible, and they are -

 

The Bible

The Bible is inspired by God, without error in the original documents and the final authority in all matters of Christian faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

 

God

There is one God who is eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1; Colossians 2:9; Acts 5:3-4)

 

Creation, Man & Sin

God created all things, making man and woman in His own image and for relationship with Him. (Genesis 1:26) When the first man (Adam) disobeyed God, sin entered the whole human race.  As a result, the curse of death came upon all because all have sinned. (Romans 5:12) Such death involves not just physical death, but also the ‘second death’ in which those who die in their sins are judged and eternally separated from the glory of God in heaven. (Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 3:23).

 

Jesus Christ & Salvation

God loved the world so He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to the world to save sinners.  (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 1:15) Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man.  He was born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life while on earth. (Hebrews 1:3; Matthew 1:18-25). The Gospel (or Good News) is that salvation was made possible when Jesus died on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the whole of mankind. (1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 2:2)

 

Jesus rose from the grave, thereby proving that He was the Son of God and that His sacrifice satisfied the wrath of God the Father toward sin.  As a result, we can now be forgiven and reconciled to God.  (Romans 1:4; 3:24; Ephesians 1:7; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

     

But in order for a person to be saved from the wrath of God he/she must believe on Jesus.  Such belief involves turning from sin to Jesus, and trusting in Him as Saviour and Lord.  (Acts 20:21; 16:31; Luke 24:46-47)

Personal merit or effort can never secure salvation. Instead, only by believing on Jesus is the sinner made right before God. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

Baptism & Lord’s Supper

Believers should be baptised by immersion. Despite its significance and witness, water baptism cannot save a person from their sins. It does however demonstrate the believer’s obedience and unity with Christ. (Matthew 28:19) Believers are commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to remember Him by participating in the Lord’s Supper (also known as ‘Communion’ or ‘breaking bread’). (Luke 22:19 -20; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23 -30)

 

The Local Church

The local Church is composed of believers who meet together at a locality for worship, prayer, building up and testimony, by the gifts that the Holy Spirit has variously given to each believer. Oversight, direction, correction and care of believers is the responsibility of overseers (elders) within the local church. (1 Tim 3:2-7; Titus 1:5-9).

 

Hell

There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost - of the saved to eternal life, and of the lost to eternal punishment. Eternal punishment is not a cessation of man’s existence, not the annihilation of man, but rather eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Acts 24:15; Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:22-24, 28)

 

Future

Jesus Christ will soon return to the earth, and believers in Christ will live and reign with God forever and ever. (Revelation 21:3; 22:5-7)

 

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